LETTER: Shocked by N.C. senator’s position on gun control

Feb. 07, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

I have a serious concern about N.C. Senator Ellie Kinnaird. In an email to her on Jan. 25, I shared my concern about the current gun control issues that our state and nation face. I asked that she diligently help to stop all current legislation banning weapons, including high capacity magazines and assault weapons, and any management of ammunition. I stated that the move the president and other colleagues of hers to quickly push the ban through is a clear attack on our Second Amendment and our Constitution.

I was shocked at her response, ”My objection is that there are virtually no controls on the millions of guns that get into the wrong hands — kids in city ghettos who have no moral standards and respond to impulse and bad environments. Or guns in homes where they are accessible to children who shoot them by accident, or even use them on their own family members; accidents in which adults shoot children, or use them to kill children, or the easy killing by suicide with guns. In countries where guns are not available to the general population, there are very, very few such tragedies. The greatest number of gun violence is not from mass shootings by mentally ill people, but just the sheer numbers of carelessly or malevolently used guns.”

I feel I need to share my concern about her outlandish observations surrounding our amendments and Constitution. She writes, ”As to the Second Amendment. I believe that was wrongly decided by the U. S. Supreme Court. First, it overturned 100 years of gun decisions that it is not a personal right to bear arms, but only a right of the militia, which is a military branch — along with the land and naval forces.” She further interprets the Constitution and confuses the Congress with the militia, suggesting in her response that they are one in the same. For someone who is supposed to be an educated high authority for our state, she exudes little true knowledge of how the amendments, Constitution and the Bill of Rights were written to accommodate and complement each other concerning a free state.

This is an alarming and contradictory point of view from an elected public official who clearly is not in her office to listen to those who put her there, but to see her own agendas heard.

Jay Anderson

Sanford